Public sector cuts have led to a rise in the number of social enterprises running library services, but sustainability is a problem
Voices for the Library's insight:
Meanwhile McCusker's experience is that a volunteers-based approach, "just won't work in deprived communities. Even in affluent areas I have heard examples where it takes 60 volunteers to keep a rural library open 21 hours a week. Volunteers are not free, they need support and co-ordination and many councils have found that the savings they imagined when taking this route have been far smaller than expected."
Its steamy prose made Fifty Shades of Grey the bestselling book in Britain since records began - but now it seems the tale of bondage, erotica and illicit affairs may have struck a particular chord with readers in one home county.
YET more of the region’s libraries could be closed or have their opening hours cut after a consultation by a Yorkshire council on making its service “efficient and sustainable” was announced yesterday.